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"Eden Acres is an incredible program! Through their environmental education and deeply empathetic approach to teaching children, they have been so positively impactful for my special needs son.
They’ve helped him learn valuable wilderness skills, teamwork, and helped foster his skills with conflict resolution and the value of community.
The hard-working people at Eden Acres have changed my son’s life, and mine, for the better!

--Melanie

Forest & Farm School 
at Duncan Farm 
Ages 6-12

Farm School is a fully outdoor program for anyone who is interested in giving their child a nature immersion experience that will build confidence and leadership, provoke a sense of awe and feelings of stewardship while having fun learning and exploring out of doors. At the heart and soul of Farm School is engagement with the natural world and reconnecting with our agricultural roots. With a seed-to-table approach, children will participate in the many parts of the cycle of growing, harvesting, and preparing food, as well as participate in the daily rhythms of caring for the animals who live on the farm. In addition to our wild animal friends, the farm is home to miniature cows, heritage pigs, chickens, bunnies, cats, and a dog. 

Through engaging with farm life with hands-on projects, journaling, play, and exploration, children learn how to overcome adversity, work alongside others, and develop a deeper relationship with nature while developing an intimate relationship with where their food comes from. Children will engage in farm life with activities such as threshing and winnowing beans, planting seeds in the garden, and processing garden veggies for a farm-fresh snack. Our place-based curriculum integrates reading, writing, math, social studies, and the arts through hands-on projects, games, and activities. 

 

Registration is now open, see below for details. Enrollment is very limited! Please contact us if you have any questions, we love to hear from our community. 

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When:   

Fall and Spring Semesters   

Tuesday and Thursday

9:00 am-3:00 pm 

We offer flexible enrollment options to meet your family's unique needs. Whether you are using our programs as a supplement to your homeschool adventure or as a primary part of your child's learning, we have an option for you. Enroll in 1 or 2 days per week. Select a single semester (16 weeks) or full year (32 weeks) enrollment option. 

Dates:  

Fall Semester (16 weeks): 9/13/22 - 1/27/23

First day of fall semester: Tuesday, September 13th

Thanksgiving Break: November 21 - 25

Winter Break: December 19 - January 6 


Spring Semester (16 weeks): 1/31/23 - 5/26/23

First day of spring semester: Tuesday, January 31st

Spring Break: March 20 - 24

Last day of spring semester: May 26
 

Where:

Gales Creek Farm School Campus @ Duncan Farm 54303 NW Old Wilson River Road, Gales Creek 97117

How Much?

Flexible payment plans are available! We also offer a range of discounts and scholarships. If you feel that cost is restrictive, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Ensuring equity in access to high-quality environmental education is one of our core values. Our scholarship program is a pillar of the program and we are proud to help families provide this experience for their children. 

Fall Semester:

1 day/week for 16 week session- $1,400 

2 days/week for 16 week session - $2,800

3 days/week for 16 week session - $4,200

4 days/week for 16 week session - $5,600

Spring Semester:

1 day/week for 16 week session- $1,400 

2 days/week for 16 week session - $2,800

3 days/week for 16 week session - $4,200

4 days/week for 16 week session - $5,600

Discounts:

Sibling Discounts 2nd child 5% / 3rd child 10% 

5% off for full-year enrollment & 50% deposit on tuition  

$50 off for payments made via check

Scholarships:

Equity in education is a core value of our organization and we are committed to welcoming families from all walks of life and all circumstances into our community. In order to ensure that our forest school is available to all families, we offer scholarships. Please complete the scholarship application here.

If you are able, please consider donating to the scholarship fund and help a fellow family! 

 

Daily Rhythm**

8:30 - 9:00    Drop-off

9:00 - 9:45    Game/Movement Activity & Morning Circle

9:45 - 10:30  Farm and Animal Chores

10:30 - 11:30 Snack & Free Play

11:30 - 12:30  Exploration/Farm Project/Ancestral Skills

12:30 - 1:30    Lunch & Free Play

1:30 -  2:45     Science-based inquiry/Project  

2:45 -  3:00    Clean-up & Closing Circle

3:00 -  3:30    Pick-up

 

**The daily rhythm described above is an example of the flow of the day. Instructors practice emergent and child-centered learning, meaning that we adjust and modify with the changing needs and interests of the children while incorporating in whatever the forest or farm has to offer on that specific day. 

 

Our Staff

Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds including education and natural sciences. No matter their educational background, all are experienced and passionate about sharing nature with children. Instructors are certified in CPR/First Aid, epipen administration, and hold a state of Oregon food handling certifications. Staff ratios are no larger than 8 students with 1 teacher for ages 7-12. All adults in the program have passed full background checks.

 

For all youth nature immersion program questions please email our

Nature Immersion Program Manager at naturedays.edenacres@gmail.com

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